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Arthur's Halloween: Book & CD (Arthur Adventures) Paperback – August 1, 2009
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Penny Peck, San Leandro Public Library, CA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When he finally does fall alseep and wakes up the next morning,things get even worse when his annoying little sister D.W scares him as she is dressed in her Halloween costume ready to go trick or treating.
Arthur feels embarrassed and irritated that he has to take D.W trick or treating with him because he'll be "the only one who has to drag my baby sister along".
When Arthur,his friends and D.W eventually go trick or treating,they are all scared to go into 'the Witch's House'.
But D.W breaks her candy bag,Arthur has to pick it up,and when he turns round D.W has gone into the Witch's House...meaning Arthur will have to go in after her!
Arthur's friends worry what has happened to them...'Maybe the Witch put them into an oven just like Hansel and Gretel,maybe she's using them for horrible scientific experiments or maybe she's locked them in a cellar to starve'...
Arthur's Halloween is a really good book to read to young children who are scared of Halloween.
It features colourful illustration and shows Arthur back when he looked more like an aardvark and less like the TV version we all know so well today!
The artwork is really nice and is the best part of this book, in my opinion. It also has some good messages about not being afraid of things you don't understand and not making assumptions about people. It might not have the best stranger danger advice, however, as the protagonist enters a stranger's home while trick or treating, but to be fair, the protagonist is also a talking anteater, so...
Overall, it's a really cute Halloween story with cool artwork.
Everyone at school is very enthusiastic. Even his teacher, Mr. Marco, dresses up as a robot. They pass out goofy treats like vampire blood (fruit punch) and put on blindfolds to feel eyeballs (grapes). Arthur feels queasy about it all.
Arthur goes trick or treating with his friends, but D.W. has to tag along, and inevitably, they get further and further behind the others. D.W. decides to visit a house where a "witch" is rumored to live. Arthur must chase after her. He imagines all sorts of disasters, but in the end, finds that the witch is Mrs. Tibble, a kindly neighbor who gives them doughnuts. The illustration shows many, many cats in the room. We had some fun counting up all the cats (including the ones who are hiding).
Even though I agree with the message that we should not judge people before we meet them, I do think that having Arthur and D.W. go into a stranger's house is not a good way to deliver this message. It is important to stress to young children (ages 3-7, who are the target audience for this book) that anytime they go into someone's house, they must be accompanied by their parents or a guardian--- especially at holidays or times of celebration, where there are crowds and unfamiliar faces roaming one's neighborhood.
Arthur and his friends go trick or treating. Arthur is very scared at first, but he learns to overcome his fears along the way. Only D.W. is brave enough to approach the "witch's" house, but then Arthur and D.W. learn that the "witch" is really just a misunderstood elderly lady with a messy house and yard.
Arthur's Halloween is about trick-or-treating, mainly, and there is no mention of Halloween parades, bobbing for apples, or other Halloween traditions. If your children are afraid of trick-or-treating, this book may help them to escape their fear.
Often characters in Arthur videos and books daydream or imagine episodes, and I find that those episodes are presented in a way that my three year old finds confusing. He does not distinguish between the trappings of characters' imaginations and the regular plot. Now I know that I can add commentary so that he understands that certain elements in a book are just the dreams of a character.
For example, in Arthur's Halloween, some of the kids imagine that the "witch" is harming Arthur and D.W. in several different ways. When a toddler sees illustrations of the "witch" doing such things, he believes it just as he believes the rest of the plot. I have learned that I can say "Francine (or The Brain, or Buster, etc.)just THINKS this is happening. It's not really happening, is it?" Then my child doesn't confuse the "real" plot with the characters' fanciful thoughts.
In any case, Arthur's Halloween is not a bad Halloween picture book, and even if you steer your child away from "series" books or books allied with television series, give this one a try.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like this book at Halloween time for scary stories. Its my favorite book of Arthur. It's best read at midnight for the scariest effect.Published 1 month ago by John Pappas
It was a pretty good story. We liked the funny pictures. We liked how Arthur decided to help Mrs. Nibble with her house.Published 3 months ago by Staci Blix
Loved it. Arthur is a great series of books. Look for the names that Marc Brown hides in his pictures.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Read these old classics when in between classes. Takes me back.
Love the old school drawings that are in the books.
It was a funny book. My 7 year old recommends it to other kids in second grade. Halloween book for kids.Published 6 months ago by BonniMommy
This was a favorite when I was younger. Now I get to share it with my child. It has a good lesson that things aren't always as they seem.Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer